News Briefs: June 20, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

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How To Have A Long Distance Baby Shower

By Criss White

A long distance baby shower is a great idea when the mom-to-be lives far away and is unable to attend. Very often, close friends and dearest ones have to relocate, making party organization and spending time together difficult.

The long distance baby shower is a bit more unusual than the traditional one. Still, technologies can be used to establish connections and guests will be having fun.

Being the hostess of a long distance baby shower signifies considering certain aspects of the party in advance. You will have to get organized and you will have to do some coordination across a long distance but you are certain to enjoy the process.

Should You Hold a Long Distance Baby Shower?

A long distance baby shower needs to be held, whenever the mom-to-be is separated from her dearest friends or is unable to currently travel.

Even if she lives far away, the mom-to-be will need specific products and items. Friends can get those and attend a party dedicated to the new mom and her child. A baby shower is the symbol of respect, love and friendship.

Organizing a long distance baby shower could be more demanding. You need to have some patience and you will certainly organize a great party that will make the mom-to-be happy.

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Invitation Specifics

Invitations for a long distance baby shower are no different than the traditional ones. The aim of the invite is to provide guests with essential information and to mention what the party theme is going to be.

Your invitations should mention the fact that the mom-to-be will be unable to attend. If you forget making a note about it, you will be misleading guests and you will get many people disappointed.

The invitation should also contain some guidelines and directions about the most appropriate types of gifts. Think carefully about this aspect, since shipping large items could be expensive and complex.

Use Technologies

Internet has given you new and wonderful ways to communicate with people from other countries and continents. Harness its potential and give the mom-to-be a chance to ‘attend’ her baby-shower.

Messaging programs have a video chat option that will be the best tool you can use. Get the mom-to-be sitting in front of her computer and provide guests of the party with a chance to talk to her and to wish her all the best.

Activities and Questions

Internet can be used to give guests a chance to have fun together with the mom-to-be. Games and quizzes are to diversify the agenda and help everyone break the ice.

One of the best activities for a long distance baby shower is a trivia quiz. Ask some questions about the mom-to-be and get her to confirm the right answers. She could even be the person asking the questions.

Make sure that you have enough information, especially if you are incapable of establishing a web connection. Know how the mom-to-be feels and all the details about her pregnancy. People will be asking you questions. Make sure you know the answers.

Shipping Gifts

Once the party is over, you will be shipping the gifts. This is the final part of a long distance baby shower.

Pack everything and make sure that all of the items are secured and labeled. Each present needs to have a card, mentioning who the gift-giver is.

Before you hold the party, consult a transportation of goods company concerning prices and delivery deadlines. You should be paying for shipping so that the mom-to-be is left with the wonderful task of getting her presents and unwrapping them.

About the Author: Criss White writes about babies and party topics, like

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. Criss enjoys arts and crafts when not writing.


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Artist who changed Hollywood sign to ‘Hollyweed’ surrenders to authorities

Thursday, January 12, 2017

On Monday, the person responsible for changing the Hollywood sign in California to read “Hollyweed” as a new year’s prank turned himself in to local authorities. 30-year-old artist Zachary Cole Fernandez surrendered himself, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said.

According to LAPD, Fernandez went to the police station accompanied by his lawyer, where he confessed to have changed the sign and was bailed out shortly thereafter for US$1000. LAPD charged Fernandez with trespassing; earlier reports indicated vandalism charges were ruled out as he used black and white tarps to alter the letter “O” to read lowercase “e”. The sign was not physically damaged.

A court hearing is scheduled for February 15. Fernandez said this act was an art project, and claimed he faces up to six months in prison if convicted. It took Fernandez two hours to alter the sign. Regarding conviction, he said, “I’m a person of integrity. If I do something wrong, I will own up to it.”

Exactly 41 years ago, on the same date in 1976, then-university student Daniel Finegood modified the sign to read “Hollyweed” for an art class assignment. Finegood returned to change the sign again in 1990, spelling out “Oil War” to protest against the First Persian Gulf War. Fernandez, on Tuesday, said his act was to “bring light and positivity and happiness”. He said he was inspired by Finegood’s modification to the sign.

City Councilman David Ryu said in a statement. “Pranks of this nature deplete the resources of our valuable public safety personnel”.

The term “weed” is an English slang term for cannabis, a banned drug in many countries. On November 9, a ballot for legalising recreational use of cannabis in California for the age group of 21 and above was passed. The law legalising recreational cannabis is due to come into effect in 2018.

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Hope fades for families of trapped Mexican miners

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Almost 600 desperate family members and others remained camped outside the Pasta de Conchos coal mine near San Juan de Sabinas, in the northern Mexico state of Coahuila where 65 Mexican miners were trapped by a gas explosion around 2:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) Sunday. Some are threatening to storm the mine while soldiers are trying to keep them calm and rescuers continue to pick through the rock and debris with hand tools, fearing that any power equipment might set off another explosion.

The local newspaper’s headline caused panic by quoting one of over a dozen surviving miners who were close enough to the exits to escape: “They are surely dead,” (La Prensa de Monclova). However, Arturo Vilchis, Civil Protection Director, refused to speculate on the condition of the miners, while Javier de la Fuente, an engineering contractor with mine owner Grupo México S.A. de C.V. also tried to hold out some hope.

The men were each supposed to be carrying oxygen tanks, each with a six hour supply, and there’s some hope that they could reach other oxygen supply tanks, or that some air might be reaching them through the ventilation shafts into which rescuers have been pumping more oxygen since shortly after the explosion.

Juan Rebolledo, vice president of international affairs for Grupo México, assured onlookers that U.S. mining experts were on the way, and officials at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration have confirmed that they’ve sent a specialized equipment truck and several mining experts which should arrive at the mine site on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile Consuelo Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the National Miners’ Union, called for an investigation into Grupo México’s responsibility for the disaster. Pedro Camarillo, a federal labor official, said nothing unusual was found during a routine evaluation in early February.

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Canadian scientists protest Harper’s attacks on science

Monday, October 13, 2008

Canadian Federal Elections 2008

Stories from the 2008 Canadian Federal Elections
  • 13 October 2008: CanadaVOTES: Libertarian John Kittridge in St. Paul’s
  • 13 October 2008: Canadian scientists protest Harper’s attacks on science
  • 10 October 2008: CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Paul Arbour in Carleton—Mississippi Mills
  • 10 October 2008: CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Jo-Anne Boulding in Parry Sound—Muskoka
  • 10 October 2008: CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate David Sparrow in Don Valley West
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Citing actions taken by the Conservative government since winning a minority government in 2006, 85 scientists across Canada have signed an open letter to all national party leaders calling on them to state how they will ‘improve Canada’s track record’ regarding the objectivity of science. This is the second such initiative within the week, the letter on 7 October being signed by 120 scientists.

The scientists signing the latest letter represent hundreds of researchers such as Deans, Department Heads, Research Chairs, and research team leaders. They come from academic fields of Anthropology, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Biology, Community Health and Epidemiology, Criminology, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Educational Psychology, Environmental & Engineering Sciences, Land Resource Science, Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Psychiatry, Social Work, and Sociology.

Queen’s University climate researcher John Smol lamented the need for scientists to protest in a public forum. “I think scientists tend to be conservative when it comes to voicing their opinions. But as far as the environment is concerned, the problem is so bad and the consequences are so terrible if we do not act,” he told CBC News.

The Harper government was cited for actions across the academic spectrum, from nuclear safety to human health to climate science. A repeated charge is misreprestation and/or suppression of scientific finds, as well as acting to prevent the dissemination of research, to silence scientists.

While science is not the only factor to be considered in political decision-making, ignoring and subverting science and scientific processes is unacceptable.

Within the government’s own Environment Canada the Conservatives have been accused of muzzling the department, even interfering with the release of one researcher’s science fiction novel. The novel, entitled “Hotter than Hell“, deals with a not-too-distant future strongly affected by global warming. Then-Environmental Minister Rona Ambrose ordered the scientist not to attend talks to promote his novel where his job title was given.

“It’s absolutely Orwellian what’s going on here in science in Canada,” said environmental scientist Andrew Weaver in an interview with The Georgia Straight. Weaver, lead author on three Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and the recently published “Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World“, was not surprised when references to the UN’s IPCC reports were removed from Canadian government websites. He wrote in his book about new rules the Harper government put in place, requiring journalist questions for Environment Canada scientists be submitted in writing, and responses must first be presented to media-relations staff for editing and approval.

Vancouver’s Safe Injections Site project, Insite, a program designed to provide intravenous drug users with a medically-supervised location, is an internationally recognized model of successful harm-reduction public health policy, supported by both provincial and municipal governments. The national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, engaged in a campaign to undermine the project according to documents discovered in a Freedom of Information Act query, including financing politically-motivated research.

The conservative government has been antagonistic to the program since coming to power, and though losing its case at every level of courts has appealed the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruling which struck down portions of Canada’s drug laws as unconstitutional. The judge gave the government one year to pass replacement legislation which addresses the Charter Right of addicts to health care which may save their life.

Conservative Health Minister Tony Clement has questioned the ethics of physicians who support the harm-reduction model of Insite. “Is it ethical for health-care professionals to support the administration of drugs that are of unknown substance, or purity or potency — drugs that cannot otherwise be legally prescribed?” he said at the Canadian Medical Association’s annual meeting.

“The minister was off base in calling into question the ethics of physicians involved in harm reduction,” CMA president Brian Day responded. “It’s clear that this was being used as a political issue.” More than 80% of physicians support the harm-reduction model, he said.

Aren’t the Conservatives in the right to press their ideologies, since that’s what the voting public elected them to do?
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Getting The Animal Rescue Needed For Your Pet

byAlma Abell

Losing a pet can be a devastating experience. If you have lost a pet and are looking for them everywhere with no luck, you may need to enlist the help of animal rescue professionals. They usually work at animal hospitals and provide the care a lost animal needs until they are reunited with their owners once again. There is no need to panic if you have lost your pet as chances are they are simply at the animal hospital waiting for you to find them.

An irreplaceable bond

Each pet is unique and just like humans, no two are alike. A lost pet is no different than a lost person and can give the pet owner stress, anxiety, and worry. If you are wondering what to do in this situation, you can visit your local animal hospital and ask about their animal rescue service. Their animal rescue service will be available in the local neighborhood to rescue stray and homeless animals. If your pet has run away, this should be the first place you should look if you want to get your pet back quickly.

Animal rescue for your lost animal

If your pet is not located at the first animal rescue center you look, don’t be discouraged. It may take a bit of time to locate your pet as they could have wandered quite far. You may wish to look also in the next county or the neighboring areas to see if their animal rescue centers may have picked up your lost pet. The key is to persevere and not give up hope because you never know whether finding your pet could be just a phone call or a visit away.

Animal rescue services benefit the community

Animal rescue services are a wonderful benefit to the community. This service ensures that lost pets can be safely returned to their owners without worry or concern. Without this service, many animals could be lost and without any way to get back home. That is why if you are able to donate to this service whenever possible, then it is best that you do so. Animal rescue centers save lives and reunite lost pets with their owners.

If you have lost an animal, following the guidelines outlined here can help you to use your local animal rescue resource for help. This is one of the best ways you can get your pet back quickly and without all of the stress and concern.

Humane Society of Huron Valley offers animal rescue and many more services. Find out more about their services, like them on Facebook at Humane Society of Huron Valley

Wikinews interviews 2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor Candidate Wayne Tseng

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor candidate Wayne Tseng answered some questions about his campaign for the upcoming election from Wikinews. The Lord Mayor election in the Australian city is scheduled to take place this week.

Tseng runs a firm called eTranslate, which helps software developers to make the software available to the users. In the candidate’s questionnaire, Tseng said eTranslate had led to him working with all three tiers of the government. He previously belonged to the Australian Liberal Party, but has left since then, to run for mayorship as an independent candidate.

Tseng is of Chinese descent, having moved to Australia with his parents from Vietnam. Graduated in Brisbane, Tseng received his PhD in Melbourne and has been living in the city, he told Wikinews. Tseng also formed Chinese Precinct Chamber of Commerce, an organisation responsible for many “community bond building initiatives”, the Lord Mayor candidate told Wikinews.

Tseng discussed his plans for leading Melbourne, recovering from COVID-19, and “Democracy 2.0” to ensure concerns of minorities in the city were also heard. Tseng also focused on the importance of the multi-culture aspect and talked about making Melbourne the capital of the aboriginals. Tseng also explained why he thinks Melbourne is poised to be a world city by 2030.

Tseng’s deputy Lord Mayor candidate Gricol Yang is a Commercial Banker and works for ANZ Banking Group.

Currently, Sally Capp is the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the Victorian capital. Capp was elected as an interim Lord Mayor in mid-2018 after the former Lord Mayor Robert Doyle resigned from his position after sexual assault allegations. Doyle served as the Lord Mayor of Melbourne for almost a decade since 2008.

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Thousands of Indonesians protest against corruption

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Several thousand people marched earlier today in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, to protest corruption in the country.

Most of them were students protesting the latest corruption scandal in the country. It involves allegations that a US$600 million government bailout was given to Century Bank on condition that some of the money be used to fund the president’s re-election campaign.

“Today’s aim is not to attack politically any party. We just want to send a message to our fellow countrymen […] that justice cannot be served while corruption is still rampant in our country,” said the organiser of the demonstration, Usman Hamid, as quoted by the Al Jazeera news agency.

The legislature is investigating the bailout and the possible roles played by Vice President Boediono and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani in orchestrating a deal. The government, however, denies the charges.

Thousands more demonstrated in other cities and towns across the country. Most rallies were without incident, but in the town of Makassar, located in South Sulawesi, students armed with rocks and wooden planks clashed with anti-riot police.

The news media report that police fired tear gas to break up the crowd after protesters tried to storm the provincial governor’s office. There was no immediate report of injuries or arrests among the 2,000 protesters.

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Author of My Billion Year Contract reflects on life in elite Scientology group

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Nancy Many about her book My Billion Year Contract, and asked her about life working in the elite Scientology group known as the “Sea Org“. Many joined Scientology in the early 1970s, and after leaving in 1996 she later testified against the organization. Published in October, Many’s book has gone on to become one of the top selling new books on Scientology at

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Using Forex Trading Signals To Increase Your Trading Profit

Submitted by: Roger Overanout

Forex trading can be a volatile form of investing. Many people have lost a significant amount of money buying and selling foreign currencies. While hoping to time their trades perfectly to take advantage of market dynamics and trends, most Forex traders begin by losing money before they start making any profit. Fortunately, there is a way to stack the Forex deck in your favour. Here we will discuss using Forex trading signals and whether doing so can help make your Forex trading more profitable.

What Are Forex Trading Signals?

Trading currencies effectively requires that you know when to buy and sell. However, unlike stocks which are largely based on the financial reports of a company, currencies are usually impacted by many other factors. Professional traders watch a variety of indicators to determine when they should buy or sell. In addition, they watch the trends that may affect the currencies they trade. These indicators and trends comprise the majority of Forex trading signals that experienced traders use.

Where Can You Get Forex Trading Signals?

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The small currency trader rarely has access to the trading systems and software programs available to full-time researchers and traders. Also, most small Forex traders are unable to spend more than a few hours a day researching the currency markets (professionals often spend up to 16-hours per day looking at data and placing educated trades). This puts the small trader at a distinct disadvantage.

However there are some solutions, many currency brokers offer to supply small Forex traders with the Forex trading signals that their investment firm compiles but remember this type of service is only as good as the firm that is producing the signals. Access to these signals usually requires a subscription. If you’re currently looking for a Forex broker to work with, consider asking whether they can offer Forex trading signals for a fee.

Should You Rely On Forex Trading Signals provided by Forex Brokers?

There are two schools of thought here. Some traders wonder why Forex brokers offer these signals to the casual Forex trader. After all, if the signals truly do identify trends that can be leveraged for profit in the Forex market, why offer those signals to other traders? In a volatile market where knowledge is power, the distribution of valuable information would limit the potential of early movers (in this case, those offering the Forex trading signals).

On the other hand, other traders realize that their time and resources are severely limited. Many have full-time jobs and cannot devote 16 hours a day to studying the trends and other signals in the currency markets. Similarly, they don’t have access to the powerful software programs that major investment firms use to extract and compile data about those markets. So, they see value in a subscription services for Forex trading signals.

An alternative is to have your own software that generates Forex trading signals to help you enter and exit the market at the best time to maximise you trading profit. This type of software used to be too expensive for most traders but now there are several very good reasonably packages available on the internet.

In the end, Forex trading is volatile. In order to do well with Forex, you need timely information about the currency markets in which you trade. Understanding what kind of information you need and whether you have access to a timely source can mean the difference between profits and loss in your trading account.

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